Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY: Home Made Laundry Detergent

Around our home we make our own cleaning products. We have made a serious effort to rid our home of toxins/chemicals and to be more environmentally conscious.

Did you know that laundry detergents contain elements that can cause liver damage, irritate and/or burn skin, eyes, mucous membranes and the respiratory tract. 

Another benefit is that I barely spend ANY money on cleaning products. 

Why make your own products?
  • Save money
  • Avoid chemicals, toxins and fragrances that are in your store bought detergents and fabric softeners
  • Quantity; you will have enough to last you a looooong time
  • Cleaner, brighter clothes!

 For those of you who were able to attend my Green Living Workshop (more details here) you may recognize this recipe. Several of you have asked for this so without further delay- here it is!

I opted to make the recipe half, this is more than enough for our family of three.

 What you need:
2 Cups Borax Powder (available at most grocery stores in the detergent isle)
2 Cups Washing Soda
2 Cups soap flakes, or grate your own bar of soap
34 Cups of Water
Essential Oil- option

  Borax Powder, Washing Soda, Soap Flakes- all read to go! 

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add Soap flakes and mix on low heat until dissolved. Stir in Washing soda and Borax, add remaining water. 

Store completed detergent into separate containers or giant container. Mix well before use. You only need 1/4 cup per load.

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